East Midlands Meet Up – Leicester
A few weeks ago I met up with the lovely group of East Midlands bloggers who you might remember from this post and this time it was the turn of the gorgeous Emmie from Carpe Diem Emmie to host the East Midlands Meet Up in her home town of Leicester. It’s so nice to get to know bloggers a bit closer to where I live – I love visiting London but sometimes it’s nice to stay closer to home! The East Midlands bloggers are becoming good friends and I’m really enjoying our meet ups. I was especially excited for this one as I’d never been to Leicester before.
My first faux pas of the day occured when I got dressed. It was misty and rainy when I woke up so I opted for a checked dress, black ankle boots and a hat (to keep my hair dry of course!). Although I kept my legs bare, my outfit still didn’t turn out to be very suitable for the scorching heat that accompanied the rest of the East Midlands Meet Up. Note to self: always check the weather forecast when getting dressed!
If you’ve ever been to a meet up before, you’ll be familiar with that awkward moment where you’re not sure whether the people stood at the train station are there for the meet up or not. This was doubly awkward this time as there were three new bloggers that I didn’t realise were coming – oops! So I stood ignoring them for ages with Ellie from Ellie Kathleen who I recnognised from last time until everything clicked into place!
First stop on our East Midlands Meet Up tour of Leicester was Whipee! Gelato, an ice cream parlour offering pretty much any flavour of ice cream you could possibly imagine. I went for a two scoop combo – one flavour classic mint choc chip and one scoop of carrot cake (yes, you heard that right). This combination shouldn’t work but it totally does! I love ice cream and these ones were particularly delicious.
We then set off on an epic three mile walk to get to Western Park which was holding a family festival. We arrived via a cash machine where Sharon and I spent the best part of ten minutes unsuccessfully trying to withdraw cash and the park was full of food stalls, live music, entertainment stall and a bar (YAY!). After grabbing a jug of Pimms, we relaxed on the field chatting about everything and anything. After a while relaxing in the sun we returned to the city centre (via a bus this time, thank god).
Luckily we were just in time for happy hour at Turtle Bay, a Caribbean restaurant with delicious cocktails. I opted for a Passion Rum Punch which went down far too easily. I’d love to take a trip back there for dinner as I love Caribbean food.
And guess what? The next East Midlands Meet Up will be hosted by…ME! Hosted in my hometown of Chesterfield, the blogger meet up will take place on 26th September and promises to be exciting, fun and plenty of laughs. If you’re a brand and you’d love to get involved then email me or leave a comment below. If you’re a blogger and you’d love to come along, then join our Facebook group!
Watch this space for more info coming soon!